Tall wheatgrass in a nutshell

Tall wheatgrass is a temperate perennial grass tolerant to moderate levels of both salinity and waterlogging. It has been widely used as a saltland pasture in south west Victoria and the upper south east of South Australia – often in a shotgun mix with puccinellia, balansa clover and strawberry clover.

Though a temperate grass species, tall wheatgrass grows actively over summer. In rainfall zones >425mm its water use over summer can reduce winter waterlogging and allow leaching of salt from the surface soil to encourage companion species.

Dundas is the recommended variety because of higher feed quality for livestock, and for minimising the risk of spread as an environmental weed.

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